Beastmilk storage

Michelle - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My husband's nana watches our three month old son and he found that they leave a 1/2 empty bottle out in a house that is 90 degrees for not sure how long. (after they heated to begin feeding him). The breast feeding support group I use to attend said not to leave already warmed breastmilk out at room temp for more than an hour and to not re-refridgerate. What are the guidelines. I find my son spits up a lot when he comes home from his great nana's house and he is really fussy.

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Michelle - posted on 02/12/2009

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thanks for the advice. The breast milk nana gets has been forzen and defrosted in the refridegerator. She gets two bottles of milk 5 oz each. I know this is enough for my son because my mom and mother-in-law also watch my son and have no problems. I think that my nana is feeding him everytime he cries even if he is not hungry. I know she warms it up initially. My husband said it took him an 1 and 1/2 to eat 2.5 oz (I say it is because he wasn't hungry). Also, he spits up more when he is with her as evidenced by 3 dirty burp clothes. I'm just worried that them leaving it out after attempting a feed and warm it up is bad because they have a small house and use a wood stove to heat it and it is always really hot in there (probably 80-90 degrees) which is not your average room temp. It also seems like he has an upset belly when he comes home from her house.

Allison - posted on 02/11/2009

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There is a lot more here:



Ok. The link didn't go through. It's at http://www.kellymom.com/ and then I went to Breastfeeding and then Pumping and Bottle Feeding. There are several articles in this section and at least one of them covers storage. 

Tammy - posted on 02/11/2009

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If you are giving nana freshly pumped breastmilk it can stay out for a few hours at room temperature as long as it isn't heated. Once it is heated it needs to be used up during that feeding--don't put it back in the fridge. Frozen milk needs to be thawed and used up within 24hrs and shouldn't sit out at room temp. Have you considered asking nana to make smaller amounts in each bottle and offer 2 bottles if necessary if he is still hungry? Perhaps nana doesn't know the breastmilk storage guidelines.

Unlike formula, breast milk is anti-infective, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

¨ Breastmilk will stay good:

o At room temperature for up to 8-12 hours.

o In the fridge for up to 8-11 days.

o In the freezer, at the back, for many months.

o In a deep freeze for much longer

Get used to the taste and smell of breast milk so you’ll always know if it is good.

¨ Due to the high fat content of breastmilk, storage of any kind will produce a separation in the liquid. This is normal; a gentle mixing will give it a homogeneous look once more.

¨ Breastmilk may taste different after freezing; this is normal

¨ Never heat breastmilk in the microwave.

¨ Babies will often take cold milk, but if heating is desired, or if milk needs to be defrosted, place container or bag of milk in a cup of warm water for a minute or two.

Stacy - posted on 02/11/2009

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As long as you are not freezing it, thawing it out, then re-freezing it again...leaving it out like that should be fine. My son never got sick because of leaving it on the table for a few hours. You can ask your DR to be sure, but the info in the previous post is pretty darn accurate!! Good luck!

Allison - posted on 02/11/2009

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I went to kellymom.com and here's what I found:



"Per Breastfeeding, A Guide for the Medical Profession by Ruth Lawrence, MD (p. 438):



Breastmilk can safely stand at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours and need not be discarded if the first feeding attempt is incomplete. In contrast, formula must be refrigerated and discarded after the first feeding attempt because it contains no antibodies or infection protection factors."



There is a lot more here:



HTH!

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